Meet your New Year’s resolutions in Austin, Texas

The biggest step in completing your New Year’s resolution? Show up. 🌟

A view of Austin's lit up skyline over Lady Bird Lake at night.

There’s no other place we’d rather spend the new year.

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Looking to meet your New Year’s resolutions in Austin? From feeling strong to finding more family time, check out our local resolution recommendations below.

Cook more meals at home

  • Central Market Cooking School | 4001 N. Lamar Blvd. | Whether you’re looking for the basics, like perfecting your knife skills, or want to gain a new culinary skill, like learning how to make doughnuts, Central Market chefs can teach you. View the list of classes. 🍳
  • Kitchen Underground | Multiple locations | Hone specific skills with topics including sheet pan dinners, Thai food workshops, and kid-friendly cooking.
  • Make It Sweet | 9070 Research Blvd. | As the name suggests, this is the place to learn how to bake, but you can also take classes on pasta and pierogi making. Here’s the 2023 schedule. 🍰
A sign reading "Machine Island" at Austin Creative Reuse.

You can also donate used art supplies, in addition to buying.

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  • Casa Marianella | 821 Gunter St. | Give back to this charity supporting displaced immigrants by checking off items from its wish lists.
  • Caritas of Austin | 611 Neches St. | Help care for Austin’s homeless population with donations of kitchen appliances, home goods, and gift cards.
  • Inside Books Project | Multiple locations | This organization distributes free books and educational materials to incarcerated people — and is the only program in Texas to do so.

Join a gym

  • Austin Simply Fit | Multiple locations | Start the year off strong with some one-on-one personal training or athletic development.
  • Castle Hill Fitness | 1112 N. Lamar Blvd. | This expansive gym has two stories for yoga and pilates studios, spa treatment rooms, and in-person classes.
  • Forge Strength Austin | 2032 S Lamar Blvd | For those looking for a deeper workout, this gym promises to “change your mindset inside the gym and outside” with endurance-based workouts.
  • HIT Athletic | 7797 Burnet Rd. | This high-intensity gym offers spin classes, yoga, kickboxing, and youth classes.

Nurture creativity

  • Austin Creative Reuse | 2005 Wheless Ln. | Make something — and thrift it too — with items from this used art supplies warehouse, where materials are cheap.
  • Art School at The Contemporary Austin | Multiple locations | For kids and adults alike, hone in on the skill you want to learn, from ceramics to watercolor or papermaking.
  • Dougherty Arts Center Arts Classes | 1110 Barton Springs Rd. | Learn painting, weaving, darkroom photography, or other skills from guest artists.
Inside the Austin Central Library

Austin’s Central Library houses more than half a million books on six floors. | Photo via @lonestarlauren

Read more books

  • Austin Public Library | Multiple locations | The easiest and free-est way to expand your mental library is to sign up for a library card. Apply for one online.
  • Book People | 603 N. Lamar Blvd. | There’s a reason this pleasant book store has been Austin’s favorite since 1970 — but you’ll have to find out why for yourself.
  • Book Woman | 5501 N. Lamar Blvd. | Stock up on your favorite new titles from this woman-owned book shop.
  • Vintage Bookstore and Wine Bar | 1101 E. 11th St. | This meant-to-be combination is the coziest place to spend a rainy afternoon, or any afternoon.
  • Looking for some local reads? Check out our guide.
A view inside Community First! Village, with small houses, chairs, and fairy lights.

Community First! Village provides affordable, permanent housing for Austin’s homeless.


  • Austin Animal Center | 7201 Levander Loop | Help some of the 11,000+ animals the shelter takes in each year by connecting dogs and cats with potential adopters, taking pets outside for enrichment, pitching in at community events, or fostering.
  • Out Youth | 909 E. 49th 1/2 St. | Help organize community events — like the annual Youth Prom or PRIDE Parade — with this organization providing support for LGBTQIA+ youth in Central Texas.
  • Refugee Services of Texas | 500 E. St. Johns Ave. | Help set up apartments for arriving refugee families, lead cultural orientations, teach English language classes, or provide childcare, job finding, or legal services.
  • Feeling extra committed? Here’s our full roundup of volunteer opportunities.
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